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Feeling Frustrated at Work? Signs Telling That Your Boss Is the Culprit

Feeling Frustrated at Work? Signs Telling That Your Boss Is the Culprit

Imagine you are entering into the room seated with Tony Robbins, Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington. Where would your attention go? Those people in the room have something in common among them. Thus it feels amazing to be present with them, isn’t it? Following a great leader will make you feel like being on the right track.

However, not everyone is lucky enough to follow a good leader. Some of us may follow the bad ones who only know how to give order without putting effort to help you achieve your career goals. Here are the 10 signs of a bad leader:

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1. Their ears always shut down. They seldom listens to what you think and think the most brilliant ideas only come from them. They only wish you to keep quite and follow their orders.

2. They seldom share any valuable knowledge with you as they’re afraid of being replaced by you. They are insecure about their leadership. When any of their team members performs well, they will easily feel threatened.

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3 . They take credits of their team members’ work. They seldom recognize the accomplishments of their subordinates in the public. And if their teams have outstanding performance, they will be the first one to stand up and tell how much they contribute to the project and how their leadership makes the difference.

4. Their actions and their words are inconsistent. While they set strict rules for the team, they can be the one entitled to the privilege of following the rules. They are always hard on others but lenient to themselves. And this inconsistency will make the team confused about what standards they should follow.

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6. They don’t care much about your growth and progress. They only care about whether you can finish the assigned tasks on time. They only focus on the short-term benefit and don’t realize that your growth can add value to the team in the long term.

7. They fail to create a pleasant working environment. They only want the team to work like robots day and night. They don’t realize the importance of enhancing the bonding between team mates. In the end, everyone in the workplace is indifferent to each other and the environment is not dynamic. The team gradually become demotivated because of this.

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8. They lack sympathy. They blame their subordinates when they can’t complete their tasks on time, no matter what reasons they give or what difficulties they encounter in the course. They forget that their team mates are only human whose performance can fluctuate with time.

9. They don’t encourage open communication. The communication between they and their team members are always one-way. They like talking to their team members in the way like a teacher talking to his/her student. When their team members find anything in the workplace dissatisfactory, they will only ask them to fix the problems themselves.

10. They want others to think that they are the smartest one in the team. They always display that they are the know-it-all. They are reluctant to let their team members to point what they don’t know.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you play the drums or do watercolor paintings? Perhaps compose songs or direct plays? Can you even relate to any of these so called ‘creative’ experiences? Growing up, did you ever have that ‘artistic’ sibling or friend who excelled in drawing, playing instruments or literature? And you maybe wondered why you can’t even compose a birthday card greeting–or that drawing stick figures is the furthest you’ll ever get to drawing a family portrait. Many people have this common assumption that creativity is an inborn talent; only a special group of people are inherently creative, and everyone else just unfortunately does not have that special ability. You either have that creative flair or instinct, or you don’t. But, this is far from the truth! So what is creativity?

Can I Be Creative?

The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn and hone on. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so? You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Ironically, you have to be creative and ‘think out of the box’ with the definition! Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems. So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. In this role you have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

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How Creativity Works

Let me break another misconception about creativity, which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original. Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.From this perspective, you can see a lot of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by various styles of music, instruments and rhythms to create an entirely new type of song. All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

What Really Is Creativity?

Creativity Needs an Intention

Another misconception about the creative process is that you can just be in a general “creative” state. Real creativity isn’t about coming up with “eureka!” moments for random ideas. Instead, to be truly creative, you need to have a direction. You have to ask yourself this question: “What problem am I trying to solve?” Only by knowing the answer to this question can you start flexing your creativity muscles. Often times, the idea of creativity is associated with the ‘Right’ brain, with intuition and imagination. Hence a lot of focus is placed on the ‘Right’ brain when it comes to creativity. But, to get the most out of creativity, you need to utilize both sides of your brain–Right and Left–which means using the analytical and logical part of your brain, too. This may sound surprising to you, but creativity has a lot to do with problem solving. And, problem solving inherently involves logic and analysis. So instead of throwing out the ‘Left’ brain, full creativity needs them to work in unison. For example, when you’re looking for new ideas, your ‘Left’ brain will guide you to a place of focus, which is based on your objective behind the ideas you’re searching for. The ‘Right’ brain then guides you to gather and explore based on your current focus. And when you decide to try out these new ideas, your ‘Right’ brain will give you novel solutions outside of the ones you already know. Your ‘Left’ brain then helps you evaluate and tune the solutions to work better in practice. So, logic and creativity actually work hand in hand, and not one at the expense of the other.

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Creativity Is a Skill

At the end of the day, creativity is a skill. It’s not some innate or natural born talent that some have over others. What this means is that creativity and innovation can be practiced and improved upon systematically.A skill can be learned and practiced by applying your strongest learning styles. Want to know what your learning style is? Try this test. A skill can be measured and improved through a Feedback Loop, and can be continuously upgraded over time by regular practice. Through regular practice, your creativity goes through different stages of proficiency. This means that you can become more and more creative! If you never thought that creativity was relevant to you, or that you don’t have a knack for being creative… think again! You can use creativity in any aspect of your life. In fact you should use it, as it will allow you to to break through your usual loop, get you out of your comfort zone, and inspire you to grow and try new things. Creativity will definitely give you an edge when you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with new solutions.

Start Connecting the Dots

Excited to start honing your creativity? Here at Lifehack, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge to help you get started. We understand that creativity is a matter of connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value. So, if you want to learn how to start connecting the dots, check out these tips:

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